Curating and Managing Research Data for Reuse28 July 2014 - 1 August 2014Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program is offering a week-long course focused on curating and managing research data.

This workshop is being taught by Louise Corti and Veerle Van den Eynden from the UK Data Archive with Jared Lyle of ICPSR.

The workshop will explore and apply the concepts and benefits of lifecycle principles for data curation, from selecting and preparing data for archiving to optimising and promoting data for reuse.

ICPSR social science quantitative datasets and UK Data Archive qualitative and cross-disciplinary data collections will serve as case studies. Participants will track the datasets as they make their way through the data assessment, review, processing, curation and publication pipeline.

Participants will learn about and gain proficiency in the full range of life cycle activities:

  • data review and preparation
  • confidential data management
  • effective documentation practices
  • how to create, comply with, and evaluate required data management plans
  • digital repository requirements and assessment
  • data dissemination and publication
  • running user support and promotional activities for data

Emphasis will be placed on hands-on exercises demonstrating curation practices and on small group discussions for sharing local experiences and learning from others.

The workshop is aimed at individuals interested or actively engaged in the curation and management of research data, in view of data sharing and reuse, particularly data librarians, data archivists, data producers and stewards with responsibilities for data management.